Farnham Grammar School

Farnham Grammar School is now called Farnham College which is located in Farnham, Surrey, southern England.

Farnham Grammar School on its last site


The grammar school was created at some time before 1585 (the date of a donation being made by a Richard Searle "to the maintenance of the school in Farnham").[1] The first evidence that the school was built is a record in 1585 of a yeoman in Farnham donating 20 shillings 'to the maintenance of the school of Farnham'.[2] It is, though, possible that this ancient school dated back as far as 1351 when a chantry was created at Farnham Castle, but there is no documentary evidence of this.[1]

The school benefited over the years from bequests by different people as well as the generosity of Bishops of Winchester who occupied Farnham Castle over the centuries.[1]

New buildingEdit

The school was housed in West Street, Farnham until 1906. It moved then because in the previous year, the town centre assets were sold in order to purchase and build a new school in fields to the south of the town.[1]


In 1973, under Government education reforms, the school merged with Farnham Girls' Grammar School (now South Farnham School) to form Farnham College.[1]

Notable alumniEdit

  • Patrick Blower (born 1959), Chief Political Cartoonist at The Daily Telegraph
  • Jack Coutu (1924–2017), printmaker and sculptor[3]
  • Robin Edward Horsfall BA Hons (born 1957), Parachute Regiment and 22 Special Air Service Regiment. Member of the 1980 assault team that rescued 19 hostages from the Iranian Embassy in London on May 5th 1980. Served on Op Banner, Mikado and Nimrod. Major, Army of Mozambique. Author and Public Speaker. Farnham Grammar 1968-72.


  1. ^ a b c d e History of Farnham College - Farnham College website
  2. ^ "Brief History of Farnham Grammar School". Old Farnhamians' Association. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Jack Coutu". The Times. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  4. ^ Jupp, Miles (1 February 2019). "Jeremy Hardy obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  5. ^ Eley, D. D. (1976). "Eric Keightley Rideal. 11 April 1890 -- 25 September 1974". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 22: 381–413. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1976.0017.
  6. ^ "Obituaries: Squadron Leader Sidney Wiltshire, GC". The Daily Telegraph. 30 September 2003.

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Coordinates: 51°12′29″N 0°47′35″W / 51.208°N 0.793°W / 51.208; -0.793